SHAH ALAM: A witness told the High Court yesterday that Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) had sponsored former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s overseas trips, his wife’s birthday and Hari Raya celebration, besides monthly contributions from 2014 to 2018.
Reading his witness’s statement during the examination, UKSB director VK Lee said his company used to pay every month, and if “we did not make the monthly payment, we doubled the payment for the next month, as to cover the month that we missed.
“I personally did not keep records of the delivery, but I do know that David Tan (Administrative Manager for UKSB since 2012 up till 2018) kept a sort of a ledger on the monthly payments, which he would show me from time to time.
“I can confirm that I have seen David’s ledger, but I don’t think I would be able to explain the details in it,” The Star quoted him as saying.
Few days ago, the witness told the court that UKSB delivered cash on a monthly basis between SGD200,000 and SGD520,000 to Ahmad Zahid from 2014 to 2018 in relation to the Foreign Visa System (VLN) Contract.
Explaining to the court why he had to make such contributions, Lee said Ahmad Zahid asked him to assist as he needed the money for his political fund, The Star newspaper reported.
“What I understood from this request was that Datuk Seri Zahid wanted financial assistance from UKSB. He never mentioned the amount he wanted although he did say that the contribution should be made in cash and in Singapore dollars.
“The cash money was prepared by David Tan. Once ready, David Tan would give me the envelope containing the money and I would make the delivery. Usually, the three of us – Wan Quoris (Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani – UKSB director), David Tan and myself would go together to Datuk Seri Zahid’s house, but the handing over of the money is done by one person only,” the witness said.
Lee also added, it is true that Ahmad Zahid did not explicitly ask them to give him money, but not ever once did he ever ask them to take back the money.